I have a few shapes in Illustrator which I have grouped and made into a compound path. I filled it with a gradient. (client wants a the chakra colours).

I would love to put another layer on top like a feather on the edge of the shape which softens the edge, like a stroke but not it on the inside of the shape.

Dose anyone know what i mean? or how to achieve this?

2 Answers 2

  • Select the frame edge shape or shapes
  • Copy/Paste in front, Cmd + F Mac or Ctrl + F Win
  • Set the fill = none
  • Set the stroke = gradient black to white, choose the third stroke gradient option: Apply Gradient Across Stroke
  • Increase the stroke weight
  • Cut
  • Select the original shape
  • Transparency panel > Make Opacity Mask > Uncheck Clip
  • Click the right square at the transparency panel to edit the mask area
  • Paste in front Cmd + F Mac or Ctrl + F Win
  • Click the left square at the transparency panel to go back to the editing area


  • Thank you very much! this was very helpful. I really appreciate this!
    – Lozzy45
    Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 11:15

Depends upon the shape and the gradient you want..... regardless of everything, if you want to "soften the edge" you have to cut into the shape.

One way would be to merely apply Effect > Stylize > Feather to the group in the Appearance Panel.

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  • Thank you! I had already tried this. Just dose not quite give the desired look. Cuts too much into the shape. Thank you though. I appreciate that you took the time to help me :)
    – Lozzy45
    Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 11:18

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